Peppermint Bark Recipe

 

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Did I mention that I am NOT a baker? Every year I try though, and this year shall be no different! My husband always makes fun of me because I come up with grand plans, and think they are going to be WAY more fun than they actually turn out to be. Today, “Christmas Baking Day”, was one of those days…

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(Wish I could take credit for this lovely photo, but it’s from Cathie Filian!)

 

We’ll start off with a great recipe for Peppermint Bark and end in a seriously messy kitchen. Read on if you dare…it’s not for the faint of heart, nor those on weight watchers…uhem, like myself.

Ingredients: (Looks harmless enough right?)

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  • 24 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 package Bob’s Candy Canes
  • Cookie Sheet lined with foil
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with Pam.

2. Pour the semisweet chocolate chips onto the pan and spread them around evenly. Bake for a couple of minutes until they look barely melted. Then take the pan out of the oven and spread the chips around with a spatula. So far so good. Put the pan in the refrigerator to cool and harden for about 30 minutes. (Please, I beg you, wait 30 minutes!)

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3. Open the candy canes, put them on a cookie sheet under a dishtowel and crush them with a hammer. Sort the larger candy cane pieces from the candy cane dust. (Or in my case you’ll use the bare counter, and silently curse yourself for tossing out your last cookie sheet because you burnt ribs on it and couldn’t get it clean, while fervently dodging flying candy cane shards.)

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4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler, stirring constantly. (If the term ‘double-boiler’ causes you to panic like it does me, you can do it in the microwave. I did it for about 5.5 minutes on high, stirring half way in between. Make sure chips are well melted, or they will be hard to spread over the chocolate.) Stir in 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and the candy cane dust. Mix until smooth.

5. Pour over the top of your COOLED semisweet chocolate layer. (I stress cooled, because I’m not great at following directions and didn’t let mine cool completely, so instead we have a more…um…swirly peppermint bark, but I suspect it tastes just as yummy, not cause’ I licked the bowl or anything…I’m just sayin’…)

6. Sprinkle top with candy cane pieces and press them down lightly so that they stick.

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7. Refrigerate for several hours, then break the bark into chunks.

8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Remove from fridge about 5 minutes before serving so no one breaks a tooth!

9. Convince your 5 year old to sweep up all the little shards of candy cane before your Teeny Tiny Tot licks them all up from the floor.

10. Steal/borrow image from someone’s blog(make sure to give them credit!) because mine look like…well…like I made them! (I’m sure yours will be much better because you will adhere to step number 5, unlike myself)

11. Shrug as though you don’t know what he’s talking about when your husband comes home and asks why the baby smells like peppermint.

So, all that behind us now, I have to say, I will make these again, I’ll have a cookie sheet ready, and I’ll wait 30 minutes for the chocolate base layer to harden. Minus all the mishaps, this recipe was fairly easy.

So here they are in all their glory “Swirly Peppermint Bark Ala Erica”. And by the way…they do taste just as good!

 

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In all seriousness, don’t be discouraged by my unfortunate situation today, we had fun, and they taste great. Hopefully next year, they’ll be just as pretty as the pro’s. And look at it this way, at least I didn’t try to make delicately decorated snowflake sugar cookies like I did last year. And as a fellow blogger reminded me, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that we are to enjoy!

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Peppermint Bark Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12-15
 
A wonderfully easy and delicious peppermint bark recipe, and a great addition to your holidays!
Ingredients
  • 24 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 package Bob’s Candy Canes
  • Cookie Sheet lined with foil
  • Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with Pam.
  2. Pour the semisweet chocolate chips onto the pan and spread them around evenly. Bake for a couple of minutes until they look barely melted. Then take the pan out of the oven and spread the chips around with a spatula. So far so good. Put the pan in the refrigerator to cool and harden for about 30 minutes. (Please, I beg you, wait 30 minutes!)
  3. Open the candy canes, put them on a cookie sheet under a dishtowel and crush them with a hammer. Sort the larger candy cane pieces from the candy cane dust.
  4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler, stirring constantly. (If the term ‘double-boiler’ causes you to panic like it does me, you can do it in the microwave. I did it for about 5.5 minutes on high, stirring half way in between. Make sure chips are well melted, or they will be hard to spread over the chocolate.) Stir in 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and the candy cane dust. Mix until smooth.
  5. Pour over the top of your COOLED semisweet chocolate layer. (I stress cooled, because I’m not great at following directions and didn’t let mine cool completely, so instead we have a more…um…swirly peppermint bark, but I suspect it tastes just as yummy, not cause’ I licked the bowl or anything…I’m just sayin’…)
  6. Sprinkle top with candy cane pieces and press them down lightly so that they stick.
  7. Refrigerate for several hours, then break the bark into chunks.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Remove from fridge about 5 minutes before serving so no one breaks a tooth!

19 Comments

  • Rachel E. December 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Hey! I finally figured out where your comment link was! I am so excited. But, then I think I feel sort of stupid too.

    Anyway, you did a great job on your peppermint bark. You made memories with your little ones. I know from experience that kids love to bake and help in the kitchen. I am not sure if the family would like this, but it is worth a try.

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  • Amber December 7, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I love peppermint bark! However I’m on Weight Watchers too. Do you know how many points a piece is?

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  • Katie December 7, 2011 at 5:33 am

    That’s basically the recipe I use, yummy….I’ve never seen it done like you did, though, with the white chocolate sandwiched in the middle. Can’t wait to make mine too 🙂

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  • Liz December 7, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I keep seeing all these great recipes for “bark” do you know if you can make then in cookie cutters like you can fudge?

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  • cindy December 7, 2011 at 6:33 am

    just a word of encouragement- we too tried peppermint bark this year to give as gifts- but when we broke it up the layers separated. thought this was supposed to be so easy : ) well, it tastes great, but looked too bad to give away- so we are enjoying each and every piece : ) to next year…..

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  • Pauline December 7, 2011 at 6:38 am

    lol! I am NOT a baker either. Yet, I found myself in the kitchen this year *trying* to bake Thanksgiving goodies for our neighbors. After the whole ordeal, my kitchen was in disarray, i was a mess, my kiddos pooped out on me shortly after we began, and my goodies looked like they were made by a 3 year old. Why, oh why do I do this to myself every year?!?

    Looks like your kiddos had a great time though! Perhaps I should try this one with my kiddos instead. It would make a great Christmas goody gift 🙂

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  • Captain Murdock December 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

    This recipe looks really fun, and you were totally cracking me up. Thank you Pinterest for bringing me here. I shall be trying with this recipe with 4 small children, and I’m sure at least half of them will be licking peppermint off the floor.

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  • Sherri December 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I am not a baker either. Everything I make seems to turn out wacky. I am sorta glad to see that you are human though, you supermom! Looks like you had a great time with your kids, and I am sure they loved it!

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  • Jacqui December 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    You crack me up!
    I’m glad you are enjoying your journey!

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  • e-Expeditions December 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    That looks delicious to the point of utter and unadulterated ridiculousness. LOVE IT!

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